Throwing a party to celebrate the release of its 1,143rd issue is clearly The Onion's tongue-in-cheek idea of a joke. But the stellar lineup that's been assembled to perform at First Avenue's Mainroom is certainly nothing to laugh at, with a phenomenal all-local bill featuring the music of Dosh (pictured), Pink Mink, BNLX, Zebulon Pike, Fuck Knights, and Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords, as well as DJ Jake Rudh providing the between-set beats, and karaoke by the Infernal Singalong Machine going on all evening in the Entry. And it wouldn't quite be an Onion party without some playful mockery of our music scene, so there is a planned Minnesota hipster scavenger hunt sponsored by MNArtists.org that will coincide with the festivities and surely prove to be quite comical. But the music is the obvious draw here, with a diverse selection of bands that truly represents a great cross-section of what makes the Twin Cites music scene so unique and impressive. Innovative sound-manipulator Dosh, fresh off a tour (and sold-out show at First Ave) with Andrew Bird, was a late but welcome addition to the bill, and should prove to be a worthy headliner on a night featuring a horde of inspired and original local bands. 18+.
Fri., Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., 2011